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The street with the arches has been the center of the city for many years!

One of the most characteristic and ancient streets in Limassol is located at the Medieval Castle area. The street was the center of the city from the era of the Ottoman domination, keep a bustling vibe for several centuries, with markets, workshops and coffee shops operating in the area.

Activity in this street started grow during the Ottoman domination when a large market, called the "Turkish market", used to operate in the center. In the surrounding streets of the area, one could find craftsmen, traders, coffee shops and cookhouses, so a crowd of people would visit the area daily for shopping, but also for social encounters. The city's mosques were, also, around there and the Turkish Cypriot craftsmen used to gather around them.

After the establishment of the British colonial administration, Limassolians didn’t change their habits, as they continued to gather up in the street with the arches, buying and selling goods. The market, as well as the Inn and Kounnapia Square at the same area, became some of the most popular spots in the city. Find out more about Kounnapia Square here.

Although the picturesque road was called Agora Street, the street became known as the "Street with the Arches", since the arches, supposedly built during the Middle Ages, were the most typical and impressive feature of the street. Today, the street is called Dimitris Mitropoulos and its meets the Citizen Service Center on the coastal road, with the remains of the arches still visible. Besides, although there is not a commercial center anymore, the intense vibe and the vitality remain, with a crowd of people walking around and visiting the nearby restaurants and coffee shops.

During the 1930s, all of the buildings was destroyed, the market and the Inn were demolished, while in the place of Kounnapia Square the Second Municipal Market was constructed.

Source of information: Titos Kolotas

* NOTE: The articles of the Project "History of Limassol" present information that has emerged from historical research thus far. Any new data is embedded into the articles, once it has been confirmed.

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